replacement windows

5 Signs it’s Time to Replace your Windows

Why should you consider replacement windows?

Windows play a variety of important roles around the home. Improving your home security. Helping energy efficiency, right through to improving your family’s quality of life. They can offer better ventilation and more access to natural light.
 
Tired, damaged windows are clearly not at their best. They not only cause a security issue, they affect the comfort of your home. So, it is crucial to identify the many signs around your home that tell you its time replacement windows.
 
But how do you know when it’s time to replace and not repair? Here are the 5 biggest tell-tale signs. Don’t put off your replacement windows any longer.
 

Your energy bills are high

In a nutshell, the more heat that is able to escape your home through poor windows, the more you will be using your central heating. Consequently the bigger your bills. A very simple test is to stand next to your window and see if it feels cooler than the rest of the room. If the glass is cold to touch, then it’s highly likely you’re wasting energy through heat loss. Also check for any obvious gaps in the frame, if there are any you can see, then it’s time to call RTE!
 

You don’t have double glazing

Single pane rather than double-pane glass is typically more common in old properties. It can really contribute to making your home an uncomfortable place to be. Simply due to the fact that old windows are not as effective or as efficient. Older windows are vulnerable to leaks. They can cause heat loss and of course give the added worried of being a higher security risk. If your home is still using single-paned windows, it’s a very good idea to invest in double glazing. Replacement windows can solve a multitude of problems.
 

Windows are difficult to operate

Opening your windows should be a smooth, effortless movement, not a chore. If you walk around your home and have trouble opening and closing any windows or if they’re painted or swollen shut, it’s time to replace them. This is really important as windows can be a vital escape route in the event of an emergency. Opening them has to be a smooth, easy operation.
 

Your windows aren’t soundproofing your home

Take a moment to stand by your window. Wait for a car to drive by. If you can clearly hear noise from outside when the window is shut, this is a clear indicator that your window is passed its peak performance. Modern energy efficient windows are designed to absorb sound waves. They stop them before they enter your home. This reduces sound transfer. So if it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, a new set of windows is the way forward. They can make a huge difference to your quality of life, especially if you live near a busy road.
 

Decaying frames and condensation

There are clearest visual signs that you need replacement windows. Decaying window frames and moisture between the panes in double glazed windows. As wooden window frames are exposed to moisture, they begin to go on a downward spiral. The problem with mist or moisture inside the window glass is that it can’t be resolved. It will simply sit there obscuring your view, blocking the light and looking unsightly. If you notice one or both of these issues then it’s a clear sign that your windows are in serious need of an upgrade. The longer you postpone replacement windows the better chance they will generate a major problem.
 
Windows are a very functional investment. They can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal and security. An added benefit to boost the value of your home. You should think of your windows, doors, heating each as a jigsaw ‘piece’. When you put them together they make your house operate as a successful system. To keep your home operating at peak efficiency, all ‘pieces’ need to be looked after. They need to function together to achieve the ultimate comfortable, energy-efficient home.
 
We are proud to have designed and installed thousands of windows across the North West over our 30 years in business. To request a free, no obligation design consultation call us on 01254 873002 or email us at info@rtefabs.co.uk.
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